CX Daily: The Fall Of China’s Last Bitcoin Mining Haven
In Depth: The fall of China’s last Bitcoin mining haven
For the past year and a half, the loud whirring of tens of thousands of high-power computers filled a cavernous warehouse round-the-clock, making a stark contrast with the hushed forests of the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China’s Sichuan province.
This computational arsenal belonged to a crypto mining farm, a facility crammed wall-to-wall with specialized computers dedicated to solving the complex math problems that keep the network running, and earning new Bitcoin along the way. “That’s the sound of cash coming in,” said Ye Lang (pseudonym), the 40-year-old manager of the two-floor facility in the prefecture’s Heishui county.
But this all came to an end at 9 p.m. June 19 as a clean-up notice jointly issued a day before by the Sichuan government demanded the closure of Ye’s facility, along with 25 other cryptocurrency mining projects in the province.
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